New Fiesta Will Challenge Pike's Peak
by KBB.com Editors | May 29, 2009 6:35 AM
Although not exactly part of its official "Fiesta Movement" activities, Ford is hoping to bolster the highly-publicized pre-launch of its upcoming compact with a pair of specially prepared Fiesta three-door hatches that will attempt to break the 10-minute barrier at this year's Pike's Peak "Race to the Clouds" on July 19. Developed by the Olsberg Motor Sport Evolution team based in Sweden and entered in the Unlimited Class, these all-wheel-drive European Rallycross variations on the Fiesta theme each will be fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged Duratec four that makes over 800-horsepower. To further their chances for success in traversing the 156 corners that comprise the demanding 12.4-mile asphalt/gravel Pike's Peak course, they'll be piloted by four-time Swedish rally champion and Olsberg's team manager Andreas Eriksson and two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm. Fitted with a suspension package co-developed by Olsberg MSE, shock specialists Ohlins and Ford of Europe's Team RS engineers, the Fiesta Rallycross car has already tasted international victory with a win at the European Championship event last month in Portugal. Brian Wolfe, director, Ford North America Motorsports thinks the legendary Colorado challenge will serve as an equally impressive North American showcase. "This will be a great chance for enthusiasts here to see in this unique setting what a lot of the rest of the world is already talking about -- that the Fiesta is a great road car and a great race car."